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Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-22542-4
336 pages
January 2008
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Understanding exactly how a digital SLR (dSLR) works can help you use its exciting capabilities to their fullest potential. Whether you aim to become a serious photo hobbyist, are interested in turning pro, or want to take advantage of the improved control that dSLRs give you over your photography, this fun and friendly reference will show you how to maximize everything a dSLR has to offer so that you can improve your photography skills, increase your picture-taking and image-editing knowledge, and ultimately, take better photos.

Written with just the right balance of technology and techniques in mind, this guide provides you with the know-how on everything from getting acquainted with the basic key features of the technology (lenses, sensors and image processors, and exposure and focusing systems) to the nuances of various dSLR techniques (setting up speedy continuous-shooting burst modes to capture fast action, applying selective and sharp focus, and shooting under the lowest levels of light). Other topics explored include:

  • Composing your shots with an accurate viewfinder
  • Deciding how many pixels your camera needs
  • Cleaning the sensor yourself
  • Choosing between a tripod or monopod
  • Adjusting exposure and improving shutter speed
  • Creating time-lapse sequences
  • Fixing murky or contrasting photos

With so much subject area covered, Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies, 2nd Edition not only introduces you to the fundamentals of great picture-taking with a dSLR, but goes beyond the basics. Some of the more advanced topics discussed include working with the various formats of digital photos, minimizing shutter lag and first-shot delays, and fixing up your pictures with various image-editing programs. This is just the book you need to progress from getting started with a dSLR to actually improving your dSLR photography!

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Introduction.

Part I: Digital SLRs and You.

Chapter 1: The Digital SLR Difference.

Chapter 2: Safari Inside a dSLR.

Chapter 3: Tracking the Ideal dSLR.

Chapter 4: Accessorizing Your dSLR.

Part II: Oh, Shoot!

Chapter 5: Taking Control of Your dSLR.

Chapter 6: Mastering the Multi-Lens Reflex.

Chapter 7: Special Features of dSLRs.

Part III: Beyond the Basics.

Chapter 8: Working with RAW and Other Formats.

Chapter 9: Action, Flash, and Other Challenges.

Chapter 10: Composition and dSLRs.

Part IV: Fine-Tuning Your Output.

Chapter 11: Fixing Up Your Images.

Chapter 12: Combining and Reorganizing Your Images.

Chapter 13: Hard Copies Aren’t Hard.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Ways to Improve Your dSLR Photography.

Chapter 15: Ten Things You Never Thought of Doing with Your Digital SLR.

Chapter 16: Ten Online Resources for Digital SLR Photography.

Chapter 17: Ten (Or More) Confusing Concepts Clarified.

Index.

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David D. Busch is a photographer and photography instructor who has written more than 100 books, including Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, 3rd Edition, and seven Digital Field Guides.
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"...simple to understand" (Which Digital Camera, October 2008)
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